Heaven and the Flesh: Imagery of Desire from the Renaissance to the Rococo by Clive HartHeaven and the Flesh: Imagery of Desire from the Renaissance to the Rococo by Clive Hart

Heaven and the Flesh: Imagery of Desire from the Renaissance to the Rococo

byClive Hart, Kay Gilliland Stevenson

Paperback | August 28, 2008

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Do the angels make love? Will the souls of ordinary people feel sexual pleasure in the next world? Heaven and the Flesh explores the relationship between sexual desire and spiritual ascension in art and writing from the High Renaissance to the birth of Romanticism. Clive Hart and Kay Stevenson analyze the work of little-known as well as canonical writers and artists, philosophers and theologians. This wide-ranging and well-illustrated survey offers new and sometimes surprising insights into material both familiar and unfamiliar.
Title:Heaven and the Flesh: Imagery of Desire from the Renaissance to the RococoFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.61 × 6.69 × 0.55 inPublished:August 28, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521070945

ISBN - 13:9780521070942

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Table of Contents

1. Sexuality and ascension - finding the way; 2. The woman on top - Christ, Endymion, Ganymede; 3. Paradisiacal bosoms; 4. Imparadised in one another's arms; 5. Heaven and the flesh; 6. The body and ascension in the sacred rococo art of southern Germany and Austria; 7. The assumption and its transformations; 8. Conclusion - Jacob's ladder and Keats's Endymion; Appendix.

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"Among the handsomest book of the season is Heaven and the Flesh: Imagery of Desire from the Renaissance to the Rococo, by Clive Hart and Kay Gilliland Stevenson." Studies in English Literature